WHEREAS, in 1963 the NAACP and other civil rights groups led more than 250,000 people in the "Great March on Washington" on the United States Capitol; and
WHEREAS, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial march leaders including NAACP's Executive Director Roy Wilkins, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others demanded an end to discrimination in education, housing, employment and the criminal justice system; and
WHEREAS, police brutality was one of the major issues addressed in the historic march in 1963; and
WHEREAS, hate crimes, racial profiling ["driving while black"] and racially motivated police use of deadly force are critical issues in the year 2000; and
WHEREAS, several civil rights groups will commemorate the 1963 March On Washington by again marching on the nation's capital on August 26, 2000 to protest police-citizen violence.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP 91st Convention urges all NAACP Unites to support the August 26 March on Washington.